(Newark, De 19711) Yesterday (Nov 30), at approximately 1:15 p.m. patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the intersection of Branch Rd and Doe Run Rd for the report of a motor vehicle crash.  When the officers arrived, they saw that the crash involved a rollover and the 35-year-old driver had been ejected.

The driver was transported to a local area hospital via Delaware State Police Helicopter and investigators from the New Castle County Division of Police Traffic Services Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 1998 Lexus sedan, was traveling north bound on Doe Run Road at a high rate of speed. In the area of Branch Rd, the driver lost control negotiating a curve and crossed into the southbound lane.  The vehicle then continued off the roadway striking a Delmarva Power and Light (DPL)  pole and a mailbox.  The vehicle continued into the roadside grass and then hit a second DPL pole and neighborhood sign.  This caused the vehicle to flip an undetermined number of times ejecting the driver.  The vehicle came to a rest on its roof, but not before 5 poles, DPL and Verizon, was damaged along with a mailbox, and DELDOT sign.

At the time of this news release,  the driver has been listed in stable condition.   While the investigation is still in its early stages, the investigators have revealed that impairment does not appear to be a factor.  Excessive speed appears to be the main factor.  The driver was also not wearing a seatbelt.

If you witnessed this crash or have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective Hussong at william.hussong@newcastlde.gov or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800. Citizens can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Division of Police.



While on duty, during the nighttime hours of Oct. 20, 1972, Cpl Paul J. Sweeney was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.  On this date, November 30,  1972, Cpl. Sweeney succumbed to his injuries.

Cpl Paul J. Sweeney III was 26 years old and lived with his wife, Gail, and their two children – Gail, 4, and Paul John II, 3 – in the Roselle area near Elsmere.

A Salesianum School graduate, he was sworn as a county officer on July 7, 1968, serving as patrolman and detective. He was studying at what was then Delaware Technical & Community College for a police science degree.

Sweeney – promoted posthumously to corporal – was the first officer killed on duty since the force formed in 1911.

CPL Paul Sweeney


(Newark, De 19702) Last Saturday (Nov 27) officers from the New Castle County Division of Police Mobile Enforcement Team were able to conduct a traffic stop on a green GMC Yukon which was observed driving erratically.  

When the officers approached the driver, 31-year-old Stephen Miller, they learned that neither he nor the passenger, 18-year-old Jakiem Jorgenson, were the registered owner of the vehicle.   A small amount of marijuana was observed inside of the vehicle and the occupants were placed into custody.

The officers then contacted the registered owner of the Yukon and learned that it was dropped off at an automotive garage in Pennsville, NJ.  Officers from the Pennsville Police Department were contacted and when they conducted a property check of the business, they found that it had been broken into.  The officers also were able to list numerous tools that were stolen along with the Yukon. The tools listed were located in the back of the Yukon. 

Both Miller and Jorgenson were taken back to police headquarters.  Miller was charged with one count of felony Receiving Stolen Property Over $1500, one count misdemeanor Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License, a traffic violation for Failure to Yield Right of Way and a Civil Violation for Possession of Marijuana.

Jorgenson was issued a Civil Violation for Possession of Marijuana and released.

Miller was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $2003 secured bail. He is also pending extradition to New Jersey.

Stephen Miller